I recently visiting the 'On Sale - Shops and Shopping' exhibition at the State Library of NSW (8th August to 30 October 2011). This exhibition covers shopping in Sydney from the first purpose built shops of the 1800s to the present day. One the old icons of Sydney shopping is the former 'Grace Bros.' building (below) which was completed in 1923.
|Broadway Shopping Centre|
Grace Bros. first opened in Bay Street in 1904 and closed their Broadway store in 1982.
The Broadway Shopping Centre reopened in 1998 after an extensive redevelopment, and another floor was added to one of the Bay St. buildings in 2007. The buildings now house a shopping complex, cinema and student accommodation.
I have always admired the clock towers and globes, of the former Grace Bros. Broadway building, surrounded by griffins at their base. I think the globes were probably water tanks.
It is located close to Victoria Park and the University of Sydney. Location map